The Great Sugar Loaf
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is an impressive and iconic feature of the northeast Wicklow. Its lofty peak is visible far to the north, and along with its counterpart, the Little Sugarloaf, they act as gateposts for the Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. The summit offers unrivalled panoramic views of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain a popular hill-walking destination and is a must for prospective hill walkers. It is suitable for walkers of all abilities from the novice to the hardened adventurer. There are a number of different routes, and some of the less strenuous ones are especially popular with families and small children. The final stretch to the top is a bit rocky, so be prepared for a bit of a scramble!
The walk can be undertaking from two starting points. The first, the shorter and easier route, starts at the car park to the south of the Mountain. To get there from Bray take the N11 to Kilmacanogue, go over the bridge and turn left at the roundabout. Follow this road staying to the left. After the hill, take the first left, the car park is located down the road to the left under the arch. From the car park the trail is a well worn path straight up the Mountain and should take an hour to an hour and a half to get up and back again. This route is perfect for families and groups.
For the long route drive or get the 145 bus to Kilmacanogue Village. Follow the sign to the GAA pitch up Quill Road. Follow the trail up from the GAA pitch, once at the top you can double back on the same way you came or follow the loop around the other side. Either way it will take about 3 hours to complete.
For a map of the routes: